The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It premieres independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.

There are 20+ awards in each category Short and Feature-Length (Best actor, actress, supporting actor, actress, screenplay, documentary, director, Best Picture).


Chelsea Film Festival 9th Edition

Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2020 or 2021. Films shown in other festivals or public screenings in New York are not eligible for consideration (The Committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings).

Work can only be submitted via streaming video.

Exhibition Format authorized: DCP

Feature-length Films and Documentaries must be between 90 minutes maximum and not less than 60 minutes.

Short Films must be between 3-20 minutes maximum.

Virtual Reality: under 15 minutes (VR competition is a separate category)

Films must not have been released on any online platforms prior to the Festival (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

Films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English.

Theme: Global Issues

Submissions are not refundable.

Force Majeur Clause: Due to Covid-19 pandemic and unforeseen outcome, the Chelsea Film Festival reserves the right to postpone or move the event to a digital platform if necessary.

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Overall Rating
  • Ilja Willems

    Great festival! Very good vibe, enthusiastic people and fun films. Wish I could have spend more time hanging out with all the other talented filmmakers but I was in the middle of a production so hopefully next year (in person!) although all the online events were great.

    February 2021
  • The Chelsea Film Festival is one of the best in the world. Recognition comes to those who work hard to claim a coveted top place in the film festival sphere while maintaining their mission. From our first meeting at the American Pavilion at Cannes to screenings of my (then) short (16.5 mins) “When it rains...” to short “The Prince of Old Havana” (6.5 mins.) and to all future screenings, Chelsea is extraordinarily dedicated and profoundly visionary. I am humbled and grateful to have had an opportunity to participate. Love and many thanks. MiG

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Migdia for your kind and thoughtful review.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Chelsea Film Festival was very well-organized and executed, even in a pandemic! They came up with a lot of creative ways for us to interact and network virtually. We had a great experience!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Nelson for your support, we hope to have you back next year with a new project! Happy holidays!

  • Amazing Film Festival! Great Host! Great Virtual Events. Amazing Platform to share your Films with. They did an absolute amazing job hosting during the pandemic chaos

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Kazu, thank you so so much for taking the time toshare your feedback! We hope to watch more of your films next year. Keep them coming our way.

  • satinder kaur

    Chelsea Film Festival was a lot of fun! This team cares about your film and will create the social media publicity for your project that's needed to get the audience engaged!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sati, we were extremely happy to do it! Looking forward to sharing your next story with the world. Welcome to the Chelsea family!